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Who's all on this list of rock stars and bands that died in planes crashes? Aviation accidents have been the cause of many famous fatalities (see the list Famous People who Died in Plane Crashes). In the music profession, especially, many young lives have been lost to accidents in the air. Over the decades several bands have died in airplane accidents as the world mourned. Young rock stars that died in a plane crash include Richie Valens, Buddy Holly and even country crooner and icon Patsy Cline. When the first two of those three perished along with the Big Bopper, it's famously been called "The Day the Music Died."

These recording artist that passed away in aviation accidents will always be remembered for their talent and gifts. Feel free to use this list as a starting point for your own recording artists list. Airplanes have been the cause of many celebrity deaths.

Who are some musicians and singer celebrities who died in plane crashes? This list gives that unfortunate answer.

See also: Sports Teams Killed in Airplane Crashes

Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rock Stars and Bands that Died in Plane Crashes
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Tour mates Richie Valens, Buddy Holly, & the Big Bopper died in an airplane crash.

Charles Hardin Holley, known as Buddy Holly, was an American musician and singer-songwriter, often considered one of the main figures of the rock and roll genre in the mid-1950s. Born in Lubbock, Texas, to a musical family during the Great Depression, Holly learned to play the guitar and sing with his siblings. Influenced by country music and rhythm and blues acts, Holly performed locally with high school friends. He made his first appearance on local television in 1952, and the following year formed the group "Buddy and Bob" with his friend, Bob Montgomery. In 1955, Holly decided to pursue a career in music after opening for Elvis Presley. As Holly opened for Presley three times that year, ...more on Wikipedia

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Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rock Stars and Bands that Died in Plane Crashes
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Stephen Ray Vaughan, known as Stevie Ray Vaughan, was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of blues music, and one of the most important figures in the revival of blues in the 1980s. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Vaughan began playing guitar at the age of seven, inspired by his older brother Jimmie. ...more on Wikipedia

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#65 on The Best Rock Bands of All Time

#82 on The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

#64 on The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

#9 on Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

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Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rock Stars and Bands that Died in Plane Crashes
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Virginia Patterson Hensley, known professionally as Patsy Cline, was an American singer. Part of the early 1960s Nashville sound, Cline successfully "crossed over" to pop music. She died at the age of 30 in a multiple-fatality crash in the private plane of her manager, Randy Hughes. She was one of the most influential, successful and acclaimed vocalists of the 20th century. Cline was best known for her rich tone, emotionally expressive and bold contralto voice and her role as a country music industry pioneer. Along with Kitty Wells, she helped pave the way for women as headline performers in the genre. Cline was cited as an inspiration by singers in several genres. Books, movies, ...more on Wikipedia

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#25 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#2 on The Top Female Country Singers

#11 on The Top Country Artists of All Time

#48 on Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

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Ritchie Valens is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rock Stars and Bands that Died in Plane Crashes
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Richard Steven Valenzuela, known professionally as Ritchie Valens, was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. A rock and roll pioneer and a forefather of the Chicano rock movement. During this time, he had several hits, most notably "La Bamba", which he adapted from a Mexican folk song. ...more on Wikipedia

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#36 on The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time

#20 on Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

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#31 on The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 40

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